Plenty To Be Thankful For

Psalm 30 – Thank you, O Lord, for… lifting me up when I’m down, answering my call for help, bringing me up from the grave, looking on me with favor, keeping me secure, making my mountains stand firm, turning my wailing into dancing, clothing me with joy, and allowing my heart to sing!

Psalm 136 – Thank you, O Lord, for… being good, doing great wonders, understanding and making the heavens, spreading out the waters upon the earth, making the great lights, protecting Israel your people, leading them through the desert, freeing us from our enemies, remembering us always, giving food to every creature, and loving us forever!

Ephesians 1:15-23 – Thank you, O Lord, for… supplying us with faith, hearing our prayers, giving us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, allowing us to know you, opening the eyes of our heart, revealing the hope of your glory, enlightening us, empowering us with your strength, raising Christ from the dead, granting Him rule and authority, and fulfilling us through Him!

Philippians 1:3-8 – Thank you, O Lord, for… giving us partners in the gospel, granting us the spirit of brotherhood, allowing us to pray with joy, giving us confidence, beginning a good work in us and carrying it on to completion, dwelling in our hearts, sharing with us your grace, abounding in love, and filling us with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ!

Psalm 100 – Thank you, O Lord, for… giving us a reason to shout for joy, allowing us to worship with gladness, hearing our joyful songs, being the one true God, making us and making us yours, ushering us into your gates, loving us with everlasting love, and being faithful through all generations!

Colossians 3:15-17 – Thank you, O Lord, for… sending the peace of Christ to rule our hearts, making us as one body, giving us reason to be grateful, sending the word of Christ to dwell in us, allowing us to teach with wisdom, inspiring us to sing and rejoice, being our every reason to give thanks, and accepting our thankfulness!

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Gratitude

Thank you for the sun
And also for the breeze
Thank you for the sky
And for the clouds and the trees

Thank you for our breath
And thank you for the light
Thank you for the day
And also for the night

Thank you for movement
And thank you for stopping
Thank you for listening
And likewise for talking

Thank you for adventures
Thank you for the journey
Thank you for growing
And thank you for learning

Thank you for life
And even for death
Thank you for knowing
When we need to rest

Thank you for the blessings
We get to enjoy
Thank you for smiling
And for laughter and joy

Thank you for trouble
And for the hard times
Thank you for the lessons
That shape our lives

Thank you for freedom
For the choices therein
And thank you for saving us
When we choose to sin

Thank you for mercy
Thank you for grace
Thank you for Jesus
Who died in our place

Thank you for your pardon
For the power of your blood
Thank you for faith
And thank you for love

Thank you for being there
And thank you for caring
Thank you for your kindness
And for always sharing

Thank you for the past
For today and for tomorrow
Thank you for the days
That you’ve let us borrow

Thank you for choosing us
To live and to love
Thank you for the day
We’ll join you above

For now give us courage
Grant us peace and wisdom
So more souls might thank you
For all that you’ve done

We thank you, our Father
And Jesus, the Son
We thank you, Holy Spirit
All three, who are one

We thank you in earnest
We thank you from the heart
We thank you for your love
And for all that you are

Box of Dreams

I used to roam the neighborhood,
When I was just a kid dreaming like everybody should.
I kept my head up in the clouds,
Always speaking soft but thinking things out loud.

You know, the years kept rolling by,
Dream after dream would get left by the wayside.
I wish it hadn’t happened that way,
I don’t know where they went but guess what I found today.

A “Box of Dreams”
Overflowing at the seams,
My “Box of Dreams”
Still shining bright like sunbeams!
That “Box of Dreams”
Is so much more than it would seem
So won’t you please
Start your very own “Box of Dreams”!

I used to run all over the town,
My heart would speed up but my thoughts would slow right down.
I kept my eyes out in front of me,
Ready to discover whatever I was meant to be.

But life got busy, you know,
I had to work to pay to live to see tomorrow.
So I started thinking a lot,
But living in the past I know I’ll miss what the future’s got.

A “Box of Dreams”
Overflowing at the seams
My “Box of Dreams”
Still shining bright like sunbeams!
That “Box of Dreams”
Is so much more than it would seem
So won’t you please
Start your very own “Box of Dreams”!

Now I keep my head up high,
I’m dreaming every day but my eyes are open wide.
My feet are firm on the ground,
Chasing all those dreams that I used to give the run around.

I like to write my thoughts out,
So whenever people read them they’ll know what I’m all about.
So, friend, if you’re ever free,
Start a list, fill a box with everything you’ve ever dreamed.

A “Box of Dreams”
Overflowing at the seams
My “Box of Dreams”
Still shining bright like sunbeams!
That “Box of Dreams”
Is so much more than it would seem
So won’t you please
Start your very own “Box of Dreams”!

What Am I, To You?

I am what I am.
I am everything you say and everything you think.
I am everything you hear.
I exist in many forms and can be found everywhere.
I can be fast or I can be slow.
I can be gentle or I can be angry.
I am few.
I am many.
I am with you always, from the moment you wake up.
I am with you even when you dream.
I am there from birth until death, and still beyond.
I am very old, and yet I am young.
I am recreated every day.
I cannot be forgotten.
I cannot be undone.
I am sometimes seen as petty.
Though often I am seen as strong.
I am beautiful, though not always treated as such.
I am often under-appreciated.
I am not easy to describe, but you cannot describe anything without my help.
You cannot think without me, and yet you probably rarely think about me.
Without sounding arrogant, you need me.
Every day you rely on me.
I am what sets you apart, from every other creature on earth.
I am all around you.
I am here.
And I am there.
I simply am.
What would you be without me?
You cannot even answer the question, for to answer would be to need me.
I am everywhere, and yet nowhere.
I am everything, and yet nothing.
I am, or I may not be.
And yet, I always am.
What am I, to you?

The Light We Bear

Family has become quite the convoluted word, in today’s vocabulary. In the past, family was both defined and united by blood. At present, however, family has grown to become something different. It doesn’t necessarily matter whom you were born to, or where you come from. What does matter is who surrounds you and who you surround yourself with. You can’t necessarily choose your family, but you can choose to love them. And love is the bond that should overcome whatever outside forces interfere with family. Be it distance or politic, circumstance or belief; one ought to love his family. Each individual that makes up your family was created, same as you, by God, with a purpose. And that purpose is to love. The world has become a dark, dark place. Light has become all too scarce. But within each one of us is the ability to shine the small light that God has breathed into us. And light, much like the darkness, is contagious. The difference, however, is that light is stronger than darkness. One lone light can shine and a million particles of darkness will not be able to overcome it. One lone light can shine and it can spread to spark other small lights, and when many small lights are lit together, they create a wild, overwhelming glow that cannot be snuffed. In this world we have a purpose, and that purpose is to shine light into the darkness. As an individual you can only shine so far, but as a family, our light becomes much stronger and much more contagious. So let us be people who choose light over darkness, and let us be a family whose lights shine together and not apart. For life is not meant to be lived in the darkness, and one cannot love on his own. So let our family be a source of light, and together we’ll be a force of love.